November 2, 2012 - In keeping with Jenner & Block’s continued focus on providing outstanding services to its clients, we are proud to announce that former Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli has re-joined the Firm as a Partner in our Washington, DC office and Chair of our newly formed Government Controversies and Public Policy Litigation Practice Group.
Tom is returning from three years of service as the third highest-ranking official at the United States Department of Justice. In that capacity, Tom was responsible for the Department’s Civil, Antitrust, Civil Rights, Environment and Natural Resources and Tax Divisions, the United States Trustee Program, the Office of Justice Programs, the Office on Violence Against Women, and others. As Associate Attorney General, Tom led the negotiations that resulted in the $20 billion trust that BP set up to compensate victims of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He also brokered the $25 billion settlement, among 49 state attorneys general, state banking regulators, the federal government and the country’s largest financial institutions, for claims that those institutions failed to comply with their legal obligations as mortgage servicers.
Before being nominated and confirmed as Associate Attorney General, Tom was the Managing Partner of Jenner & Block’s DC office. He began practicing law at Jenner & Block as an associate in 1992. He left the firm in 1997 to serve as counsel to then-U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno, rising to the position of Deputy Assistant Attorney General before returning to the firm in 2001.
Drawing on his wealth of experience in government service and the Washington, DC political environment, coupled with his background in private practice, Tom will lead the new practice group in advising clients and their leaders on the most intractable problems at the intersection of law, law enforcement and government regulation. The practice group will draw on Jenner & Block’s strength and depth as a premier litigation firm and its nationally known white collar practice to provide a full suite of services. This will include conducting internal investigations and crisis management for businesses and other clients facing problems that draw the attention of civil and criminal law enforcement authorities, government regulators, Congress, state legislators and the media.
Tom joins other recent arrivals at the firm, including Mary Ellen Callahan, former chief privacy officer for the Department of Homeland Security, Ken Doroshow, former Justice Department prosecutor and entertainment industry senior executive and Reid J. Schar, who led the government’s prosecution of significant public corruption cases, including that of former Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich.